Lenten Novel-a-Thon: The Plot Thickens

Hello, dear Persephoneers! And so wraps up Week 3 of the Lenten Novel-a-Thon, and we now enter Week 4. How has everyone done so far? Remember, Easter Sunday is April 8, so while it has turned into crunch time for me, there is a little less than a month left to get that novel written.

So this week, the topic of choice is plot. Sometimes it requires much planning, and sometimes you can just make it up as you go along. Regardless, it’s always good to have an idea of where the novel is going, because every story must have a beginning, a middle, and an end. The characters need to make things happen or have things happen to them, otherwise, what is the point of the novel to begin with?

This particular week, I have really struggled with the plot. Of course, I know where I want the story to go and have a general plan for the plot, but the first time I tried to execute it, it didn’t work out as well as I had hoped, so I ended up going back and editing some things. I looked back at my research a little more, and I found something that worked. As a matter of fact, it was even better than the original execution of the plot.

So this – and a few other little situations – hindered me from getting as far as I could have this week. Nonetheless, I know I can make it up and then some this week to compensate for the little snafu last week. I am feeling much more focused now, and I think this next week is going to be a very successful week.

What about the rest of you? How did you do this week, if you are participating? Or, if you are not, how is your writing going in general?

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